Research Strategy

The AIRU Research Strategy spans blue sky and applied AI research approaches to contribute to global and African research and development. We work with our partners to build the research and innovation ecosystem for AI in Africa and beyond, strengthening systems across key development sectors, including energy and healthcare.

AIRU research strategy

Our overarching questions of concern

Foundational to applied research

How do we create an ecosystem that rapidly and continuously harnesses and directs the potential of foundational AI research into applied AI research, towards uptake and adoption of disruptive technologies for social good?

Combination of symbolic and data-driven AI

How do we combine symbolic and data-driven AI approaches to explore AI systems for social good?

New AI techniques from allied disciplines

How do we leverage advances in allied disciplines like cognitive science, philosophy, mathematics, economics, and social science to create new AI techniques?